The Tennessee Department of Education has awarded a three-year renewal of the Become a Special Educator in TN (BASE-TN) grant to Christian Brothers University. This $225,000 grant provides financial support for students who want to earn an initial Tennessee teaching licensure in special education or an endorsement in special education.
The BASE-TN grant allows CBU to award partial tuition scholarships to eligible students along with stipends for a portion of their textbooks. To qualify for the scholarship, the individual must have a bachelor’s degree in a field of study other than special education and desire licensure; or be currently employed as an educational paraprofessional in a special education classroom and have at least two years of undergraduate coursework or associate’s degree. In exchange for the BASE-TN award, recipients commit to teach special education for two years in a Tennessee public school for each academic year of financial support received.